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Council of State Governments

Lexington, Kentucky

Council of State Governments was awarded $1,650,000 between 2012 and 2018, including 4 grants in Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice.

$500,000

2018 • 2 years • Criminal Justice

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (the Center) is a national, non-profit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels, and is the only membership organization serving all three branches of state government. It provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. This award supports the Center to engage in education and technical assistance highlighting policy and practice innovations affecting local criminal justice systems and the misuse and overuse of jails to state and local policy makers as a strategic ally under the Safety and Justice Challenge. The Center seeks to assist Challenge Network sites in sustaining their work and promoting the replication of their efforts in jurisdictions across the country through the development and dissemination of targeted resources highlighting successful justice reform practice and policy innovations to the field.

$500,000

2015 • 2 years, 6 months • Criminal Justice

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (the Center) is a national, non-profit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. It provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The award supports a final round of juvenile justice activities that will strengthen reform initiatives underway throughout the country and set the stage for the Center’s participation in the Safety and Justice Challenge. In the first year, the Center will help design and implement a federal juvenile justice reform strategy informed by Models for Change resources and innovations. As part of the partnership developed under the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Center will disseminate information on successful justice reform practice and policy innovations to the field and develop targeted resources highlighting the Safety and Justice Challenge Network.

$500,000

2014 • 2 years • Juvenile Justice

The Council of State Governments Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities, particularly in areas in which the justice system intersects with other institutions and agencies. The Center will use this grant to translate its earlier, Foundation-funded report into a set of implementation tools, practical guidelines and checklists and organize a set of targeted communications activities to assist state and local policy makers in using Models for Change resources and lessons learned to support juvenile justice systems reform and engage state policymakers in reform efforts nationally.

$150,000

2012 • 1 year • Juvenile Justice

The Council of State Governments Justice Center) is a national, non-profit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Center will use the grant to develop a strategic plan for using Models for Change policy and practice innovations to help states and counties divert youth in trouble with the law away from juvenile courts and corrections toward developmentally appropriate community-based sanctions and services.

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